Surrounded by the velvety green waters of HaLong Bay is a vast collection of sculptured limestone pillars. The megaliths appear as if centurions on duty patiently bearing witness to the increasing numbers of visitors and tourists who find their way first to Hanoi and then to the Gulf of Tonkin and its beautiful bay.
Tour companies promote excursions to this phenomenon of nature and researchers acknowledge its ecosystem and its biological importance as UNESCO’s seventh geological wonder of the world but words fall short and photos capture only the solitary stillness of the place. One must breathe of the perfumed air and be close enough to touch the ancient and rocky and ever-changing surface to truly experience the power and presence of the Pillars.
Visitors to the bay – young and old alike come from around the world to bear witness to the promise of grandeur that awaits them.
On a recent excursion, travelers included a husband and … Read More »
An invitation to colleagues asking each to share personal reflections of time spent in Vietnam as a participating member of the UF –USSH Exchange Scholar program, resulted in the following paragraph from Dr. Louann Cummings:
Vietnam seduces and surprises me, exhausts and exhilarates me, every time I set foot in this amazing country. The place assaults all senses and yields a perpetual dichotomy of experiences–from incense to fish sauce, a cacophony of motorbike engines to the solitude of women working in a rice patty, a place broken and complete, a garbage strewn neighborhood to the splendor of a meticulously manicured city park, magnificent architecture to haphazardly constructed abodes, the haves and the have-nots, flower selling entrepreneurs on bicycles to huge multi-national corporations, a country steeped in tradition and anxiously dabbling in world economies. The list is endless.
But one thing stays the same: the extraordinary, exquisite, … Read More »
A thirty-minute walk from the campus is the War Remnants Museum, 28 Vo Van Tan.
Opened in 1975, the Museum’s mission is to “call the public to say no to war and yes to peace.”
The photographs document early morning activity witnessed on a morning’s walk to the Museum.
May 1! That’s the date when the journey begins!
By the time I return home to Findlay, Ohio at the end of the month, I will have traveled to three countries half way around the world and logged over twenty thousand miles.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is the primary destination. From this vantage point all side trips within Vietnam and to Cambodia begin and end.
Formerly Saigon, HCMC is home to the University of Social Sciences & Humanities (USSH) and it is the site of my one-month residency as an Exchange Scholar from The University of Findlay, Findlay, Ohio.
Each year, for the past nine years, UF and USSH exchanged faculty members for a one-month residency. Now, after four months of planning and organizing details of travel, I’m caught up in the excitement of reconnecting with our Vietnamese colleagues and packing my bags for the first leg of the twenty-thousand mile … Read More »